Hey guys, this is my detailed camera review of the Samsung Galaxy M51. I am really surprised with the cameras on this galaxy M51. Turns out, going with the Sony sensor and Snap dragon processor, instead of the their own, did the trick for Samsung. https://worldgraphics20.com/2020/11/30/personal-hotspot-not-working-on-iphone-heres-the-fix/
we have over 80 image and video samples, including the ones from Gcam, to look at, so without wasting any more time, let us checkout the cameras the we are working with. https://worldgraphics20.com/2020/11/24/how-to-improve-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch-battery-life/
Primary camera gets a 64 mega pixel Sony IMX682 sensor, with F/1.8 aperture and 26mm lens. Then there is a 12 mega pixel sensor with F/2.2 aperture and an ultra wide angle lens. Followed by a 5 mega pixel macro camera withF/2.4 aperture and another 5 megapixel camera with a depth sensor and F/2.4 aperture. https://worldgraphics20.com/2020/11/23/16-tricks-to-make-your-phone-battery-last-longer/
At the front there is a 32 mega pixel sensor with F/2.0 aperture and 26mm lens, in an infinity O style camera cutout. It’s good to see Samsung going with the Sony sensor for the primary camera, and ditching the 2 megapixel macro camera in favour ofa 5 megapixel one. https://worldgraphics20.com/2020/11/22/best-ios-14-battery-tips-that-actually-work/
Camera interface is pretty basic. You can tap on these buttons about the shutter button, to switch between lenses. And you can swipe to the left or right to switch modes. There are a few more modes in the More tab, and if you want, you can pull these modes out of the more tab as well. In the Pro mode, you can adjust settings like ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure.
And you can even create a specific picture profile by adjusting these settings. There is however no option to switch lensesor shoot RAW images in this PRO mode. With all that out of the way, let us move on to the image and video samples, that I took with this phone. This time, let us start with the videos. 4K 30fps videos turned out to be pretty stable.
I was walking at a normal pace, and we can barely see any major stutters due to the foot steps. Even for the 4K videos, colours are not too saturated, which is good. 1080p 30fps videos are also stable, but switching between the 4K and 1080p ones, you can straight away tell, that things are not as detailed. But all in all, I think the videos from this phone are pretty usable. No matter if you are shooting 4K or 1080p 30fps is the highest frame rate you get.
There is no option to shoot 60fps videos. You can shoot slow motion videos, but these are in 720p resolution. If you are shooting slow motion videos, make sure to shoot them outside, in bright light. because if you shoot them in doors, there will be a lot of noise, and flickering in them.
You can also take super slow motion videos, and these are again in 720p. And the window to shoot these videos is so small, that you might have to take multiple attempts to shoot the main action in super slow motion. Coming to images, let us start with the ones that I took in daytime.
These 16 mega pixel pixel binned images, from Sony’s sensor are incredibly detailed. Everything is sharp, and the images look really good. Now there is some noise in the darker parts,if you click images in overcast conditions. But that is to be expected out of any phone.
Other than that, I am pleasantly surprised with the main camera on this phone. Even as I zoom in, you can see the image hold son to its details. We all thought that the M51 is a bit over priced, and in some ways it is, but at a starting price of 25K rs. this phone can give the camera son the OnePlus Nord a really tough competition.
Here, I am comparing 2 images side by side. 1 is shot with the native camera app, and other with the Gcam app. And as you can see, one with the Gcam has a lot of contrast, where as the one from the stock camera app looks much better overall. If we zoom in, stock cameras image is also more detailed. We see similar thing from this next set of images.
So for most of the outdoor daylight images, you don’t even need to use the Gcam. Stock camera can take better looking and more detailed images than that. Even while clicking images indoors in daytime, main camera on the M51 performs really well. It keeps the noise level to a minimum. Now colours from any Samsung smart phones has always been more vibrant and punchy compared to the actual scene.
While that is still true with this M51, Samsung seems to have to ned town a bit on the saturation front. These images are not as overly saturated as you might expect, and that is a good thing. Overall colour tones are a bit cooler compared to some of the other phones. When comparing these with the ones from Gcam, show that these are still far from how the scene actually looked.
But for a change, I am happy with the colours coming out of a Samsung’s smartphone. I have kept the HDR mode on auto for all ofmy shots. This mode does a good job, and it comes up when the situation desmans it, like in this shot. It brings up shadows and saves highlights from blowing out, but it doesn’t do that much to makes these images look lot better.
Now if you remember, I had the exact opposite problem with the M31, it did too much processing ti makes the shots look un natural. So I guess Samsung is listening, and they have mellowed down the HDR mode to make the images look better but more natural. In these high dynamic range demanding situations, you can use the Gcam app to get better results.
So while the stock camera is giving us goodimages, Gcam is doing slightly better. It brings up more details from the shadows. Gcam shots are a bit warmer, and stock cameraones are cooler. Depending on your colour preference you mightlike one over the other, and that’s fine. But dynamic range wise, Gcam is better.
Here is a quick focusing speed test, before we move on to the close up and macro shots. M51 is not exactly the fastest at switching the focus. It takes little over half a second, but the shift in focus is not abrupt. It tried to reach the focus in and out. Once the focus is set, you can take amazing close up shots.
The subject that you tap on or the one closest to the camera, is in perfect sharp focus, and the background is very nicely blurred out. Sometimes it is really hard to believe, that these images are coming out of a smartphone. They look so good. yes, there is some distortion if you get too close to your subject, but this is present on all smartphones with bigger image sensors.
To get rid of this, just move a few inches away from your subject. Now Samsung has put a 5 megapixel depth sensoron the M51, and to put it simply, this one is not completely useless. I mean you would still not get the best macro shots if you are shooting indoors, but in broad daylight, the macro shots can look good.
It still doesn’t let you tap to focus, so you will have to rely on your eyes to figure out if the subject is in perfect focus ornot. But the macro shots are totally acceptable and usable. Colours are a bit muted or washed out tough. As I write in all my artical, you can take 2-3x zoomed in images with the main camera, and try to mimic the macro shot. here are those and macro shots compared side by side.
You can look at them, and decide for yourself, that which ones looks better to you. I mentioned this at the start, that all the images from the primary camera were 16 megapixel pixel binned ones. But you can take 64 megapixel images as well,and we will see how they compare against the 16 megapixel ones. First let me show you, how to take 64 megapixel shots.
When you are in the photos mode, tap on this option at the top, which says 4:3 or 3:4, depending on how you are holding the phone. And then select the 64 megapixel option. So here are the 16 and 64 megapixel images compared side by side. Straight up, you can barely tell the difference between the two. But When I zoom in on them, it is clear that the 64 megapixel one captures so many more details.
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As we move to comparing other images, it is quickly apparent that the 64 megapixel mode, doesn’t show as good dynamic range as the16 megapixel mode, but still the details are much more in the 64 megapixel shots. 64 megapixel mode also doesn’t do very well in lower light, there is just too much noise in those shots.
So both the 16 and 64 megapixel images have their pro’s and con’s. One major con of the 64 megapixel ones is that they are 4-5 times larger in terms of file size. On top of that, you will have to zoom in 4-5 times to see any noticeable difference, which is not worth the hassle.
So I think it is best to stick to the default16 megapixel mode for most of your shots. In normal scenarios, this is what you see from the main camera of the M51, but switching to the wide lens, lets you see so much more of the scene from the same spot. This lens comes in very handy to show the perspective of the scene, or in situations where you need to capture a wider scene but there is no space to move back.
Images from the wide lens are not as sharpor detailed as the ones form the main camera, because the lens optics of these cameras, are not of the best quality. Normally, there is big shift in white balance and colour temperature, when we switch between these lenses on most mid budget smartphones.
But Samsung has managed to keep these things consistent between the lenses, so a big thumbs up to Samsung for that. Moving on to the portrait shots. Samsung seems to be getting everything right on this phone. The Edge detection is near perfect, skin tones look really good. And with the skin smoothening turned off, the faces are not as smooth as before.
So all in all I am very happy with the portraitmode performance of the M51. If anything, I just hope, Samsung puts ina lot of work in improving the dynamic range while taking these portrait shots, because the bright background is almost always blown out while taking portraits. Portraits of objects also turned out very good.
Now most of the objects that try and take portraits of, have complex edges, but even then, the edge detection while taking portraits of objects is better than while taking portraits of humans. And this is with all the phones, not just this one.
But I did not get any responses in the comments, so I ask again. Do you guys also take portraits of objects with your phone? or is it just me? With that, we now move on to the indoor, artificial and lower lighting conditions. This is the same sensor as we saw on the Realme7 pro in my last artical, so just like it, the M51 also doesn’t have any problems takinggood images in artificial light.
Overall size of the sensor is large, so itis capable of capturing more details, and wide aperture makes sure, it gets more light so the images are detailed, and noise level is kept to a minimum. When you get to even lower light, you can keep on capturing decent images with the default mode, or switch to the night mode, and let the camera capture even better and sharper images.
Night mode images are a bit zoomed in, so keep that in mind while composing your shot. Here are Gcam shots, compared with the stock camera ones. Gcam captures slightly brighter images and a bit less noise, and this gets even better with the Night mode on the Gcam app. But the results the Gcam app are not very consistent in lower lighting conditions.
And given the difference these images is not night and day, I decided to stick with the stock camera app for rest of my low light images. You can use the night mode even if there is plenty of ambient light, like in these shots. Night mode reduces the noise in the images, and also handles the exposure from lights in a much better way.
Just be aware, that for taking good night mode shot, you have to hold the phone steady for a few seconds, and any movement during that time, can result in a blurry looking shot. Again, like we saw on the Realme 7 Pro, night mode is available for the wide lens as well.
Now you can capture wide shots in pitch darkas well, and the night mode will make your images stand out. Like I said at the beginning, I am surprised with the camera performance of this phone. I did not expect the cameras to perform sowell. This has made me just as exited and eager as you guys, to compare these cameras with the ones on the OnePlus Nord.
So make sure you have the notifications turned on, for when that video drops. That brings us to the front facing camera. The 32 megapixel selfie camera has a neattrick. Normally it shoots in a tighter focal length, but if it detects multiple faces in the shots, it switches to the wide mode. The selfies are very sharp and detailed. You can see a bit of artificial sharpening at play here, but I don’t think most people will be bothered by it.
There is a beauty mode, which is on by default, so if you want your selfies to be sharp and detailed, make sure to disable it. Low light selfies are good, if there is some ambient light around, but the ones in complete dark are filled with noise. You can turn on Night mode, and add more light to these selfies, but I would still prefer, not taking images in such low light. While the portrait selfies look good, the edge detection for these is not perfect.
There seems to be a hard line separating your face from the background, instead of a soft roll off. The phone also needs to detect a face fortaking portrait selfies, so if you are wearing a mask, like I was in this shot, it won’t blur the background, because it can’t detect a face. So keep that in mind Here is a artical from the front facing camera of the Samsung galaxy M51.
You can see how it handles the overall colours of the scene, exposure and stabilisation when I am walking around with it. With that, we have seen over 85 image and video samples, and as you guys might have already guessed it, I am very happy with the camera performance of this phone.
The only major thing I would like them to fix is the dynamic range while taking portraits, refine the selfie camera a bit, and that’sit. Even with these small issues I think this phone can go head to head with the likes of the OnePlus Nord, in terms of cameras.
These have been my thoughts, you guys saw the images too, so what do you think about the cameras on this phone. That is it for this artical guys. Please share it with your friends. Take care.